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Old 02-29-2012, 12:23 PM   #23281
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The cruelest month was particularly cruel to my bicycling plan. 2780 as of this morning. 166 miles in Feb, for a total of 430 in 2012. That hurt. I should be at 583 already. I need a couple big (for me) months to get back on track.
What's your goal?
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:37 PM   #23282
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Results from Sebring

If you're not familiar with Sebring, it's one of the ultra races that's a RAAM qualifier which was held a few weekends ago. To qualify for RAAM, you have to ride unassisted for at least 400-miles in 24-hours. Sebring is a recumbent's paradise - it's a very flat course.

That segment of Sebring was won by Maria Parker who led all comers with an amazing 474 miles. Maria rides a Cruz recumbent.

The drafting segment was just as interesting. The magic mark is 500 miles in 24-hours and it's only been accomplished three times in the past. Four riders, all riding Bacchetta CarbonAeros, broke that mark this year:

Jim Verheul...............523.9
Jacquie Hafner.......... 516.4
John Schlitter ...........516.4
Kent Polk..................505.1

I met and rode with Jacque, John and Kent on Ragbrai last year - they are monsters on bikes..and extremely nice people.

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Old 02-29-2012, 01:01 PM   #23283
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Four riders, all riding Bacchetta CarbonAeros, broke that mark this year:

Jim Verheul...............523.9
Jacquie Hafner.......... 516.4
John Schlitter ...........516.4
Kent Polk..................505.1
That just doesn't seem possible. WOW!
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:16 PM   #23284
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That just doesn't seem possible. WOW!
+1 Incredible !!
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:08 PM   #23285
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:38 PM   #23286
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easy on the eyes

Jacquie's pretty easy on the eyes - Jacquie and John - both great people:



John has just finished the FC 508.

I haven't met Maria but she seems to be a good person and one hell of a rider:



I'd love to see these women on the same bike - Maria rides a Cruz which has a front moving bottom bracket. Jacquie rides a CA 2 - a typical high racer recumbent.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:41 PM   #23287
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Ten pounds lighter than mine. I have to have one!
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:46 PM   #23288
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I'd love to see these women on the same bike - Maria rides a Cruz which has a front moving bottom bracket. Jacquie rides a CA 2 - a typical high racer recumbent.
Why would someone in excellent health prefer a recumbent over a regular bicycle? Around here, only very old people ride them.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:57 PM   #23289
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Why would someone in excellent health prefer a recumbent over a regular bicycle? Around here, only very old people ride them.
Bacchetta is based in FL and that's where Sebring is held also. Maybe rather than basing an opinion on some outdated sterotype, stop by Bacchetta for a ride or attend the race next year.

Edit: you might enjoy this from a friend of mine: http://bicycletouringpro.com/blog/wh...ecumbent-bike/

FWIW, Susan is well into her 60's and she did something like 189 miles in 12 hrs at "Calvin Challenge". I did a 200-km brevet with her a few weeks ago ... good rider. After that, she did two more days of riding!
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:46 PM   #23290
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I'm guessing that bike doesn't do anything good, except weigh next to nothing.

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Maria rides a Cruz which has a front moving bottom bracket.
What's the reasoning behind that design vs what you have?
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #23291
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Why would someone in excellent health prefer a recumbent over a regular bicycle? Around here, only very old people ride them.
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The drafting segment was just as interesting. The magic mark is 500 miles in 24-hours and it's only been accomplished three times in the past. Four riders, all riding Bacchetta CarbonAeros, broke that mark this year:

Jim Verheul...............523.9
Jacquie Hafner.......... 516.4
John Schlitter ...........516.4
Kent Polk..................505.1
I think this says it all.

That is just an astonishing feat.

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Old 03-01-2012, 05:00 AM   #23292
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Bacchetta is based in FL and that's where Sebring is held also. Maybe rather than basing an opinion on some outdated sterotype, stop by Bacchetta for a ride or attend the race next year.
I haven't been riding long enough to pick up any outdated stereotypes, but there's always time.

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FWIW, Susan is well into her 60's and she did something like 189 miles in 12 hrs at "Calvin Challenge". I did a 200-km brevet with her a few weeks ago ... good rider. After that, she did two more days of riding!
Thanks, interesting reading. Not sure there's going to be one in my future, since I enjoy short rides much more than grueling distance marathons, but it's interesting as a design concept. There are a number of vids on YouTube of specially built high speed cycles, and all of them seem to follow the recumbent design. I assumed this was because having the riders lie flat would make them even more aerodynamic.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:09 AM   #23293
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I'm still undecided as to whether I actually need a FS. Riders around here tell me a HT will do just fine for the terrain we have here in Florida.

I got a FS aluminum Santa Cruz. Already have a hardtail and prefer the FS for trail riding. The FS weighs about 30lbs but that isn't an issue when riding. Most trails have gnarly palmetto roots and rocks. I like the cush ride of the FS. No issues when climbing either.
It came with 2.5 width tires and thus far no problems. I got the FS figuring better to have it and not need all 6" of travel. I have not regretted my purchase.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:32 AM   #23294
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Why would someone in excellent health prefer a recumbent over a regular bicycle? Around here, only very old people ride them.

For distance events (that allow them) there is a significant aero advantage to some of the Bents. Less power more speed, simple as that.

You like going fast right? you'd probably love the speed you could maintain on a bent.
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Old 03-01-2012, 05:49 AM   #23295
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I got a FS aluminum Santa Cruz. Already have a hardtail and prefer the FS for trail riding. The FS weighs about 30lbs but that isn't an issue when riding. Most trails have gnarly palmetto roots and rocks. I like the cush ride of the FS. No issues when climbing either.
It came with 2.5 width tires and thus far no problems. I got the FS figuring better to have it and not need all 6" of travel. I have not regretted my purchase.
Thanks for your input. Based on what you and others are telling me, I'm going to narrow my search to a FS. Maybe even a CF framed one, but if the price is ridiculously high I'll go with AL.
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